Embark this evening between 5 and 6PM and settle into your luxurious accommodations as you prepare for your Arctic cruise to set sail.
Arakamchechen Island lies in the Bering Sea north of Cape Chaplino, separated from the continental shore by an 8 km wide sound. Visit the inhabited island's main town, Yanrakynnot village, and enjoy the rich wildlife found here.
Visit Ittygran Island, south of Arakamchechen in the Bering Sea. Beluga whales frequent this region, so be sure to keep an eye out. Your visit may also include a stop at the infamous Whale Bone Alley, where whale skulls, whale bones, and stones have been carefully arranged in long rows.
Cape Navarin marks the place where the land bridge to North America began when sea levels were much lower. Strong tides around the cape have created an abundance of food, drawing numerous marine mammals and birdlife. Even gray whales are known to congregate here.
Continue sailing southward. On your way, make a stop at Anastasia Bay. Excursion information forthcoming.
A site of regional and historical importance, today Olyutorskiy is an administrative center. In 1714, it was home to an ostrog (fortress) that controlled the coast and land route from Kamchatka to Anadyrsk. The site lost its importance after the sea route from Okhotsk was opened.
Established in the mid 1800's as a trading post, today the village of Tymlat has roughly 500 inhabitants.
Located off the Kamchatka Peninsula, the Commander Islands are the most western of the Aleutian chain. Visit the archipelago's only permanently inhabited village, Nikolskoye. Much of the remaining islands and surrounding marine areas are part of the Komandorsky Zapovednik Natural Preserve. Because of the protected areas and rich waters, the region is host to abundant wildlife including sea otters, Stellar sea lions, sperm whales, orcas, right whales, and others.
Created in 1934 as a nature area reserved for scientific research, the reserve is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to geysers, volcanoes, as well as the largest population of protected Eurasian brown bears, the Kronotsky Reserve is a rare treat for visitors to Russia's Far East.
Lisvenichnaya is on the southeastern coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Eastern Russia near Petropavlovsk. Today is spent sailing Avacha Bay.
Sail into the fjord-like Russkaya Bay today. Admire the narrow, deeply curved bay walls while you also keep your eyes out for the sharks, whales, and sea lions who make the protected area home.
Arrive in the capital and largest city on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Located on Avacha Bay, the town is unreachable by road and is entirely surrounded by high, snow-capped mountains and volcanoes. Optional excursions in this port may include activities from wildlife viewing to touring the city's many historic monuments and landmarks.
Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport. Board your private flight from Petropavlosk to Seattle and arrive on September 20, 2016 (due to crossing the date line).
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